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Betsy Saina grabs the victory of the 42nd Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris on Sunday. The women's race was staggered first, allowing them to finish at roughly the same time as the men, so the winner had company as Lonyangata went past fellow Kenyan Betsy Saina towards the finish. Saina made it to the finish just behind Lonyangata, completing the race in 2:22:56 / Photo: Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris

Kenyans dominate Paris Marathon again

Kenyans won the men and women’s Paris Marathon titles on Sunday as, in a piece of theatre calculated by the organisers, the two champions finished almost together.

The women’s race started 16min 26sec before the men, the difference in times between the male and female winners last year.

Paul Lonyangata retained his men’s crown and also caught and passed Betsy Saina, the women’s winner, in the last few hundred metres.

Lonyangata finished in 2hr 6min 25sec while Saina won her race in 2:22:56 ahead of Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya and Gulume Chala of Ethiopia.

Paul Lonyangata retained his men’s crown of the 42nd Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris / Photo: Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris

 

The Paris marathon is one of the world’s biggest sporting event’s star and the 2018 edition did not disappoint with sunny weather and a packed field of top athletes.

Lonyangata, who also won the 2013 Lisbon and 2015 Shanghai marathons, edged fellow Kenyans Mathew Kisorio and Ernest Ngeno.

Lonyangata becomes the first man to pull off the double in Paris since the Briton Steve Brace in 1989 and 1990.

Kenya took all but one of the medal positions in both races.

Kenya took all but one of the medal positions in both races / Photo: Screenshot/Euronews

 

Top finishers:

Women: 1. Betsy Saina (Kenya) 2hrs 22mins 56secs, 2. Ruth Chepngetich (Kenya) 2:22:59, 3. Gulume Chala (Ethiopia) 2:23:06.

Men: 1. Paul Lonyangata (Kenya) 2:06:25, 2. Mathew Kisorio (Kenya) 2:06:36, 3. Ernest Ngeno (Kenya) 2:06:41.

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